County Council Approves Full Metro Funding Despite Garage Concerns

Michael Calhoun

ST. LOUIS (KMOX) –  Metro Transit will get every cent its supposed to from a pair of mass transit sales taxes in St. Louis County.

A few members of the county council had been threatening to withhold some of the cash because they remained angry about a parking garage transaction involving a campaign contributor.

The matter of the Brentwood/I-64 garage came up again during Tuesday night’s council meeting.

“More people probably use that stop than any other,” pointed out transit rider Bill Hager. “Many of them are people who work at the Barnes hospital complex who park over there because it’s cheaper.”

Longtime Metro critic Tom Sullivan is calling for an investigation into the matter.

“Spending a hundred thousand dollars for an auditor for Metro would be a good investment for the county,” Sullivan commented. “It would help save a lot of county tax dollars.”

Council members rejected that advice.

In the end, dissenting council members did not follow through on their threat to withhold Metro funding over the parking garage controversy.

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